Blue Ash Nature Park: A Hidden Gem

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Blue Ash Nature Park

4337 Cooper Rd Blue Ash, Ohio 45242

With the construction of Summit Park, Blue Ash Nature Park seems to have had a set back in popularity. Although very conveniently located – just a bit off Cross County Highway and adjacent to the Blue Ash recreation center – this park does not pull the same level of crowds as Summit does on a regular day.

Don’t let that fool you. This park has a lot working in it’s favor to make it a great destination.


Ample parking provided in a designated lot. Short paved walk to play structures, amphitheater, and restrooms.

Play Structures:

This Park has four play structures – one of which is hidden along the walking path through the woods. One of the play structures is designated specifically for the park’s smallest visitors – toddlers and preschools. It features a large dragon with a slide, and a smaller young toddler slide. The other play structures have a plethora of slides, rock climbing walls, bridges, and “pretend play areas” such as a minimalist store front. The two play structures featured here are next to one another so those of you juggling toddlers with older children will easily be able to keep an eye on both while they play on either structure.


The play structures themselves are all relatively small and it is easy to keep sight of your children.

Safety Concerns:

Park is small but wooded – so if you have an explorer – you may want to be extra mindful of watching them. My son is a “runner” – however – and I did not have any difficulty or concerns with him and the wooded areas. Park is a reasonable distance from parking and roads. There is a small water feature along the walking path.


A lot of options for formal and informal picnicking. There are several stand along picnic tables with charcoal grills as well as large reservable shelters. Wooded atmosphere provides a comfortable, shaded, area to sit and enjoy. Some of the reservable shelters are quite nice – with fireplaces, wooded views, and permanent cornhole sets.

Unique Features:

For the kids – the play area designed for the toddlers and preschoolers features a covered sandbox. It’s relatively small – but is well maintained. For adults – summer concerts occur at the amphitheater.


Great park for walking – especially if you are just looking for a quick stroll. Wooded path providing shade and comfort


This Park has bathrooms with running water. They are located between the main play structures making this park ideal for kids in the process of potty training. You will not have to brave any port-a-potties here! (Or worse – no bathroom at all!)


While the park itself is accessible – the play structures are not. This park does not have any accessible swings or features.

Overall Impression:

This Park is comfortable and feels like a “park” with the mixture of wooded areas, walking paths, picnic areas and play structures. There is enough variety to keep children of various ages entertained. Plenty of comfortable shaded seating for adults including benches and picnic tables. Minimal crowds due to the construction of Summit Park – mostly locals coming via walking path from the nearby neighbors.